The decision to write to recipients is a very personal one. You might not be ready to write to the recipients at this time. There is no time limit for sending a letter. However, the sooner correspondence is sent, the more likely the recipient can be located and will receive the letter.
All correspondence is anonymous and identities are kept confidential to protect the privacy of both families. If your loved one was an organ donor, you do not need to wait to write to recipient(s). You may send a greeting card, letter, or photos. If your loved one was a tissue donor, it may take up to five years before the tissue is transplanted.
Since your card or letter must be mailed to Lifesharing, and then forwarded to the recipient (s) transplant center, please allow extra time for it to arrive. Be patient, it may take a few weeks for the recipient to receive your letter.
You should also know that you may not hear from the recipient. But we do know that recipients appreciate hearing from donor families and are grateful for the Gift of Life.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a Lifesharing Family Services Specialist at [email protected] or 619-543-7225
Mailing your letter:
Please send your correspondence to the Family Services Department: